bring to a boil

bring someone to a boil

Fig. to make someone very angry. This really brought her to a boil. She was fit to be tied. Lily was really brought to a boil by the news.
See also: boil, bring

bring something to a boil

to heat liquid to its boiling point; to make something boil. First, you must bring the soup to a boil.
See also: boil, bring
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Bring to a boil, stirring; cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened.
Stir in tomatoes, clam juice, wine, saffron, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.
Add rice and paprika, bring to a boil and return heat to low.
Stir in pectin and bring to a boil that cannot be stirred down.